Turnitin Assignments

How to Avoid Plagiarism

  1. Submit a draft version of any Turnitin® assignment in your courses to preview an Originality Report that will check for plagiarism BEFORE you submit a final version of your paper for grading by the deadline. 
  2. The Originality Report will provide an analysis of any text that matches online sources from numerous sites and paper submissions in the Turnitin.com database and on the Internet. 
  3. If you submit your draft version well before the deadline, you will have time to refine your written work to properly cite any sources you may have quoted word for word within your paper, or to paraphrase quotations from sources you cite.
  4. Review APA formatting guidelines for tips on making direct citations and for indirect citations (paraphrasing) in your written work. Your grade will likely improve as you refine your work in this way.
  5. Your grade will likely improve as you refine your work in this way.

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How to Obtain an Originality Report

  1. Click the Turnitin® assignment link from the Activities block to navigate to the desired Turnitin assignment page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the assignment page and click the "Sumbit Paper" link
    Turnitin Submit Paper Button
  3. Submit a draft version of your paper before the deadline. *ALWAYS ALLOW UP 24 HOURS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ORIGINALITY REPORT IF YOU PLAN ON REVISING AND RESUBMITTING THE SAME ASSIGNMENT TO TURNITIN®.
  4. Return back to your draft after allowing Turnitin® some time to process your submission and you should see a percentage listed under Similarity. *The initial Originality reports take between 5 and 10 minutes to process a 500-1000 word paper. Longer papers will take a little more time.
  5. Click the percentage shown to view your originality report. 
    Turnitin Similarity Report Graph
  6. Wherever the Similarity report displays text that is a direct copy from an original source, you must revise your writing by either:
    • Properly citing any sources you may have quoted word for word within your paper, or by paraphrasing quotations from sources you have cited in your written work.
    • Reviewing APA formatting guidelines to make direct citations or to paraphrase (called indirect citation) in your written work.
  7. To submit the final version of your work return to the Turnitin® assignment and repeat steps 1-3. *ALWAYS ALLOW UP 24 HOURS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ORIGINALITY REPORT IF YOU PLAN ON REVISING AND RESUBMITTING THE SAME ASSIGNMENT TO TURNITIN.

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How to Download an Originality Report

  1. Navigate to the bottom of the Turnitin submission page and click on the title of your Turnitin® submission.
    image of turnitin submission table.
  2. Click on the Originality button in the top-left corner of the Turnitin® window. This will show the highlighting of any material that Turnitin® deems similar to other sources.
    Originality button from Turnitin®
  3. Click on the print icon in the lower-left hand corner of the Turnitin® window.
    icon of printer from Turnitin's webpage
  4. Choose the "Download PDF of current view for printing" option.
    Image of dropdown menu from Turnitin. Choose Download PDF of current view for printing
  5. Save the PDF to your hard drive and navigate to the assignment page to submit the PDF report for final grading.